Can Greek Yogurts Be Introduced In Missouri Public Schools?

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COLUMBIA - Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York asked federal officials Monday to make it more affordable for public schools to serve Greek yogurt. He said it would expose more students to the high-protein food. KOMU 8 explored and see if this option is viable in Missouri.

Perry Washington, a cafeteria worker at David. H Hickman High School said she has never tasted greek yogurt before.

"When you say Greek yogurt, I'm thinking, it taste something like something green, I don't know why I'm thinking like avocado taste or something like that," said Washington.

One student who got her first taste of the pineapple Greek yogurt said she is a fan.

"I like it.... It's like it got some pineapple in there. It's creamy, it's really good," said Raenno Clarkson.

The average price for a lunch at a public high school in Columbia, Missouri is $2.50. Director of Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools said with their current budget, Columbia schools cannot afford to have greek yogurts in school lunches.

"At least half of our grains have to be fifty-one percent whole grain, that's already expensive... very expensive. then add your meat which is the most expensive of the plate," said Laina Fullum.

Current school nutritional standards treat Greek yogurt the same as traditional yogurt, despite the higher protein content and cost of Greek yogurt, Schumer said. He said a change in standards would make it easier for schools to purchase smaller and less costly servings of Greek yogurt.